HOWARD M. TEICHMANN, 71, a playwright and biographer who was co-author of the 1953 comedy hit "The Solid Gold Cadillac," died July 7 in New York City of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mr. Teichmann was known as a stylish storyteller who drew on a rich lode of anecdotes in his best-selling biographies of George S. Kaufman, Alexander Woollcott and Alice Roosevelt Longworth. He also wrote "Fonda: My Life" in collaboration with Henry Fonda, published in 1981.

DR. WERNER HENLE, 77, a noted virologist who with his wife discovered the first virus associated with human cancer, died of cancer July 6 at Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital.

Dr. Henle was emeritus director of the Virus Diagnostic Laboratory of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In the late 1960s, he and his wife, Dr. Gertrude Henle, established a relationship between infectious mononucleosis and Burkitt's lymphoma, a cancer common in Africa. The Henles also are credited with a 1943 study which showed the effectiveness of inoculation against influenza. They developed a test for the early diagnosis of mumps and a vaccine against the childhood communicable disease.

ALLAN SMITH, 95, retired Navy vice admiral who served in both world wars and in the Korean War, died July 2 in Seattle. The cause of death was not reported.

Adm. Smith's military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three gold stars, the Silver Star and the Navy Commendation Medal. In World War I, he served on the battleship New York and witnessed the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in 1918. In World War II, he commanded the battleship South Dakota in the Pacific. In Korea, he commanded the United Nations Blockading Force, initiating the three-year siege of Wonsan.